Buying a mini trampoline is exciting and you probably can’t wait to use it! There is one thing you must do, however, before you get to jumping. You’re going to have to assemble it. This is typically not a difficult process, and there should be instructions from the manufacturer in the box.
You may also be offered assembly services depending on who you purchased the indoor trampoline from. This can be costly, so if you can do it yourself it’s a good way to save some cash. Let’s look at some tips for putting together a mini trampoline.
First, you’ll need to decide where you’re going to put the trampoline. If you purchased a large trampoline, it’s probably going to go in the yard. Find a clear space that is far away from trees and other equipment to assemble. The trampoline should be placed on a soft surface such as grass, and never on asphalt or concrete. Even if you purchase a trampoline with a net, there is still a risk that someone could fall and hit the ground. Avoid severe injuries by keeping the trampoline on the grass.
For indoor trampolines, if you have an in-home gym you may have a spot picked out already. If not, you will need to find an area to put the trampoline. Make sure there is proper height clearance so users will not hit their head on the ceiling. Try to place it in a carpeted area, or put a carpet mat underneath and stretch it far enough out around the mini trampoline for safety. Do not place close to windows or walls if possible.
Preparing for Assembly
Now that you know where you’re going to put the mini trampoline, it’s time to prepare to assemble it. The first thing you should do is open the box. Take everything out and make sure you have everything. Sometimes pieces can be missing, and knowing this beforehand will save some time and energy. If a piece is missing, don’t try to assemble the indoor trampoline without it. Contact the manufacturer to get it first.
A typical trampoline box will include:
- Galvanized steel trampoline frame
- Anchoring accessories
- Vinyl spring cover
- Safety pads
If you purchased a trampoline with a net, it should include the net as well as poles to assemble the net. Larger trampolines may also come with a ladder, or other add on features. Make sure to double check the box and instruction manual to see if you have all of the needed equipment.
Organize the Parts
Once you know you have everything you need, lay all of the parts out and get organized. Do what makes the most sense to you, such as biggest to smallest or in order or assembly. Doing this beforehand is going to save you time during the trampoline assembly.
Trampoline manufacturers typically won’t supply you with the tools you need. Fortunately, you most likely have the necessary tools for a mini trampoline assembly at home. Tools you may need:
- Phillips head screwdriver
- Rubber mallets
- Spring puller
- Power Drill
- Wrench set
Assembling the Trampoline
Once you have all of your equipment and tools, it’s time to get started! The last thing you should do before getting started is read through the instruction manual one more time. You will still probably reference it during assembly, but having a general idea will help speed up the process. When you’re done, be sure to keep the manual for reference if you need to do repairs or order replacement parts.
You should start with the mini trampoline frame to give you a structure to attach the other pieces to. This should be easy. All you need to do is connect all of the pieces together to form the shape of the mini trampoline you purchased. If you went with the traditional circle shape, it should form a circle. T-socket pieces will help you connect the legs to the frame. The frame is the foundation for the rest of the indoor trampoline.
The legs will connect to the mini trampoline frame. Attach them at the t-sockets, and screw them in with the bolts provided in the box. Now your mini trampoline has feet!
Springs and Mats
Next, you’ll attach the springs and mats. These components need to be attached together. First, you’ll need to attach one spring to the mat and connect it to the frame. Do this again on the other side, so two springs are attached to the frame and the mat stretches across. This gives you a good base for continuing to attach the springs
Continue to attach springs to the mat and the frame. The more you attach, the harder it will be to stretch. This means you are connecting them properly. If it becomes too difficult, you can use a mallet and spring puller to help you get the springs into the frame.
Next, you’ll need to add the cover and safety pads. This should be the last thing you do after all of the springs are attached. The safety pads are installed to protect users from injuring themselves on the springs. They will usually be attached with velcro. Be sure not to skip this step!
If you purchased a trampoline with a net, you will also need to attach that. They will typically come with poles that are the frame for the next. The mini trampoline will have slots for the poles to be inserted into the frame, and you will screw them in.
The poles will also have foam safety pads to cover them so users don’t hurt themselves if they hit them. Next, you’ll attach the net and make sure it is securely attached to the poles.
Assembling a mini trampoline can be time consuming, but putting in the effort will ensure a safe experience when using it. Make sure you read through your instruction manual and have all of the pieces before you begin. The whole process of assembling an indoor trampoline should only take a few hours at the most.